New Mexico Crazy Laws
There are probably plenty of things you did not know about the state of New Mexico: it has the highest state capital (Santa Fe), it is the manufacturer of many fine wines, it has some of the most diverse landscapes in the country, the first atomic bomb exploded in New Mexico, and it has more cows than people! Yes, there are many New Mexico facts that people do not know. Among those facts are the strange laws in the state – both old and new. Take a peek into New Mexico's diverse personality, and get to know the weirdest laws in New Mexico.
New Mexico Weirdest Laws
Women can only appear in public if they are shaved
The city of Carrizozo prohibits unshaved women from appearing in public. Razor sales are probably through the roof there.
Couples can have sex in park cars
The city of Carlsbad is definitely into public displays of affection; couples can have sex on parked cars during lunch breaks from work. However, they must draw curtains so that people will not be able to peek in.
You cannot hunt in Mount View Cemetery in the city of Deming
8-4-3: Visitor Information
- Driving; Hunting: Persons within the cemetery grounds shall use only the avenues, walkways, and roads when practical. No one must ride or drive upon the lawns. Riding a bicycle or hunting is expressly prohibited within the confines of the cemetery premises.
It is illegal to gamble on camel or ostrich races
But bicycle race gambling is allowed.
Idiots cannot vote in elections
"Every citizen of the United States, who is over the age of twenty-one years, and has resided in New Mexico twelve months, in the county ninety days, and in the precinct in which he offers to vote thirty days, next preceding the election, except idiots, insane persons and persons convicted of a felonious or infamous crime unless restored to political rights, shall be qualified to vote at all elections for public officers. The legislature may enact laws providing for absentee voting by qualified electors. All school elections shall be held at different times from other elections."
You cannot carry a lunch box on Main Street
If you get hungry in the city of Las Cruces, you better not carry your food in a lunch box down Main Street. It's illegal!
Women cannot pump gas or change tires by themselves
Hopefully, chivalry is not dead in New Mexico, and someone else can do this instead.
Kids cannot buy spray, glue, or permanent marker
They will have to have their parents' permission to purchase these items in the state of New Mexico.
Cab drivers can pull people into their cabs
This is definitely one of the craziest laws in New Mexico; cab drivers in Albuquerque can actually pull in customers to their cabs. Isn’t that abduction?
It is illegal to spit on the steps of the opera house in the city of Deming
6-1D-2: EXPECTORATING ON SIDEWALKS OR IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS:
"It is unlawful for any person to spit or expectorate upon any of the public sidewalks, crosswalks, passes, byways or paths in the city, or upon the floor or steps of the public building, store, hotel, church, opera house, office room, schoolhouse or any other building in the city in which persons are in the habit of frequenting, assembling or congregating."
Romeo and Juliet will not contain sexually explicit material
State officials in New Mexico have ordered the removal of 400 words from the Shakespearean classic. He must be rolling in his grave over this weird New Mexico law.
Women can ride horses only if they are wearing a corset
In the town of Omega, the ladies cannot ride horses if they are corset-less. Sounds downright uncomfortable.
It is illegal to trip horses
In fact, if you trip one of these majestic animals, you will face misdemeanor charges.
Men can walk around naked
Well, not quite… men can go out in public with no clothes on if their genitals are covered. Easy breezy.
And women can go outside topless
Just make sure you cover your nipples are covered. It's the law!
Newspapers can be fined if they miss-spelling someone's name
If you start working in a Quemado newspaper, you better double-check name spellings before the paper goes to print.
It is illegal to challenge people to a duel
In the state of New Mexico, you cannot challenge people to a duel with a deadly weapon – even if you have no intentions of following through with the fight. The mere challenge is illegal in the state.
Well, what did you think about New Mexico's craziest laws? Do you think the laws where you come from can top it? If you want to read about more of the craziest laws in the United States, go to GoLookUp.